Yesterday, AMC announced that they have renewed Halt and Catch Fire for a fourth and final season. For fans of the show, this comes as bittersweet news. The third season just aired its finale last night, and this morning the critics are raving about it.
But the show’s always done pretty well, critically speaking. It just has not captured the sheer number of viewers that The Walking Dead has. Halt and Catch Fire has boutique appeal, I guess. It’s brainy and a perhaps a bit dry for most viewers. I love the show, but I’ll be the first to admit it lacks the cool that Mad Men had.
“We’ve been incredibly fortunate to have a creative partner in AMC that has nurtured us from new writers into showrunners over these past three seasons. It has been our great privilege to watch the world of Halt and Catch Fire expand and mature in that time, powered by our incredible cast, our exceptional crew, our absurdly talented writers, and our producing partners at Gran Via, all of whom have come to feel like our family. In this fourth and final season, we are excited to end the show on its own terms and to give our story, these characters, and our fans the conclusion they so richly deserve.”
It’s sad to say goodbye to shows we love, but too many beloved shows go on too long. Watching new episodes of shows with over twenty seasons can be like going over to your friend’s house and seeing their stinky, skeletal 22-year-old house cat. You want to pet the cat, you really do, but OH GOD, THAT POOR CAT. Maybe that analogy went a bit too far, I dunno. But I’m glad that Halt and Catch Fire is ending when the show is old enough to have lived a full life, but young enough to still be fresh. It hasn’t had a bad season (or bad episode) yet. Oh, and if you want to start watching it, the first two seasons are on Netflix Instant in the US.